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Cocheco Readers' Award

The Cochecho Readers' Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of Dover, New Hampshire.  The award is named after the Cochecho River which runs through the heart of Dover. This award will be given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from third and fourth graders in Dover. We have chosen titles published within the last three years. The criteria for selection are quality of writing and child appeal. Children are required to read or listen to at least three of the titles on the list in order to vote in the spring.  The voting will take place in the school libraries. Ballots will be available at the Dover Public Library for home-schooled children and those attending private schools.

2016-2017 Winner


Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Download the Cocheco Readers' Award Brochure

2017 - 2018 Nominees


Little Cat's Luck

Little Cat’s Luck

by Marion Dane Bauer

A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

Cat story; novel in verse.


Bad Guys

The Bad Guys

by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.  

Humorous story.


Six Dots

Six Dots : A Story of Young Louis Braille

by Jen Bryant

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read.




Narwhal : Unicorn of the sea

by Ben Clanton

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.

Graphic novel.




by Sharon Creech

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn't know what to expect. She's ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents "volunteer" Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna--and that stubborn cow, Zora.

Novel in verse; realistic fiction.




by Katherine Coville

Katherine Coville Ivy. A young girl helps her grandmother care for magical creatures.

Magic; fantasy.


When Green Becomes omatoes

When Green Becomes Tomatoes

by Julie Fogliano

A poetic celebration of the seasons blends describes such elements as flowers blooming, sheets of snow, and happy frogs dancing in the rain.

Poetry; seasons.


Traveling Circus

The Traveling Circus

by Marie-Louise Gay and David Home

A Canadian family's vacation in Croatia offers both typical road-trip zaniness and opportunities for deep reflection.

Realistic fiction.


Book Uncle And Me

Book Uncle and Me

by Uma Krishnaswami

Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building.  But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

Realistic fiction; Asian American; community activism. 


Infamous Ratsos

The Infamous Ratsos

by Kara LaReau

Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.

Humorous story; helpfulness.


The Poets Dog

The Poet’s Dog

by Patricia MacLachlan

An unusual dog rescues two children from a storm.

Dog story; novel in verse.


Molly And Pim And The Millions Of Stars

Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars

by Martine Murray

Wishing for a normal and tidy home instead of a messy house where a rooster irritates the neighbors and her mother tromps about looking for potion ingredients, Molly is challenged to save her mother when she is accidentally turned into a tree with long branches that the neighbors want to cut.



Tale Of Rescue

The Tale of Rescue

by Michael J. Rosen
When his human family is trapped outside by a blizzard whiteout, a loyal cattle dog devises a stunning rescue to save their lives.

Survival story.


Frank Einstein And The BrainTurbo

Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo

by Jon Scieszka

Creating a power-boost technology designed to help their baseball pitcher friend make the team, kid-genius Frank Einstein and his companions are challenged to rescue a kidnapped robot buddy and stop archrival T. Edison from stealing their invention.

Science fiction.


Squirell In The House

Squirrel in the House

by Vivian Vande Velde

A Squirrel narrates this story of a family get-together turned upside down when he climbs down the chimney to join the festivities.

Humorous story; animal story.


Gone Camping

Gone Camping : a Novel in Verse

by Tamera Will Wissinger

Camping is fun. Until it's time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears?

Novel in verse; environment; family.



Prior Cochecho Reader Winners